By: Fasika Zelealem
2020 EPL Top Four Odds Preview Week 38
We have reached Week 38 of the 2019/20 Premier League season and in what has been an exhilarating season, we have a bit more excitement in store on the final day as two teams will confirm their place in the UEFA Champions League next season, while one will miss out.
Chelsea has dropped to fourth going into the final day after a thrilling 5-3 defeat to Liverpool. Despite being 4-1 down in the second half, the introduction of Christian Pulisic was felt immediately after his mazy run past three Liverpool players enabled him to put the ball on a plate for fellow substitute Tammy Abraham who slotted in to make it 4-2.
Pulisic then got himself onto the scoresheet for his ninth league goal of the season after a fine strike from inside the box.
However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal in the 84th minute sealed the three points for Liverpool ahead of their trophy celebrations and meant Chelsea’s qualification for the Champions League was to go to the final day of the season.
They sit fourth in the table, one point ahead of Leicester City and level on points with Manchester United.
The Blues face a tough test in their last game of the season at home against Wolves.
Chelsea’s odds to finish in the top four open at -700.
Manchester United Odds to Finish in the EPL Top Four
Manchester United’s unbeaten streak has increased to 13 games but only after a disappointing 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Wednesday night.
Following their 2-2 draw with Southampton, United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Palace to keep the pressure on both Leicester City and Chelsea.
While United’s draw against West Ham bumped them up to third in the table going into the final day, it leaves them with a nerve-wracking task as they go head-to-head with Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
United are a point ahead of Leicester and a draw will be sufficient enough to qualify for the Champions League, whereas a win would secure third.
However, if Leicester were to win and Chelsea were to beat Wolves, United would fail in their task for Champions League football and instead drop to the Europa League for the second year running.
Manchester United’s odds to finish in the top four open at -500.
Leicester City Odds to Finish in the EPL Top Four
Leicester City find themselves out of the top four for the first time in months. Their recent results has finally come back to haunt them. Despite a 2-0 win over Sheffield United after their embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth four days prior, Leicester City once again capitulated to their opponent, losing 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur.
A Harry Kane brace alongside a James Justin own goal condemned Leicester to an 11th league loss and a place down the Premier League table.
Leicester sits on 62 points, one point behind both Chelsea and Manchester United; the latter whom they face on the final day of the season at King Power Stadium.
Leicester can draw against United and rely on Wolves to beat Chelsea which will see them qualify for the Champions League.
Leicester City’s odds to finish in the top four open at +163.